Most Christian faiths believe that these are the “last days,” meaning the final days before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which will bring the destruction of the wicked and the ushering in of the “millennium,” one thousand years of perfect peace under the leadership of Christ Himself.  Christ has told us that no man knows the exact hour of His coming:

Jesus Christ MormonAnd they have done unto the Son of Man even as they listed; and he has taken his power on the right hand of his glory, and now reigneth in the heavens, and will reign till he descends on the earth to put all enemies under his feet, which time is nigh at hand—   I, the Lord God, have spoken it; but the hour and the day no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor shall they know until he comes (Doctrine and Covenants 49:6, 7).

Yet, Christ has also indicated that there would be signs leading up to His coming and that those who are watchful and wait for Him will be able to see and understand those signs:

And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;   When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.   So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand (Luke 21:29-31).

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Many scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments predict events that will precede the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also has the revelations of modern prophets to give us added information and to confirm that which has been given in the Bible.  Some events have already taken place, and others are yet to come.

When are the Last Days?

The Final Dispensation of Time before the Second Coming is dedicated to preparations needed to prepare the Church for that event, to gather the righteous and call the wicked to repentance.  This dispensation began in 1820 with the First Vision of young Joseph Smith, who was called by Christ to be the first prophet of this, the last dispensation.  In keeping with patterns of old, heavenly messengers restored lost “keys” necessary to lead this dispensation.  In Doctrine and Covenants, Section 110, there is an account of visitations of Moses, who restored the keys of the gathering of Israel; Elijah, who restored the power to seal in heaven what is sealed on earth; and Elias, who restored the “dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.”  John the Baptist had already appeared to restore the Aaronic Priesthood, and Peter, James, and John had already appeared to restore the Melchizedek Priesthood.

The Lord said the following, as the work of sending the restored gospel to the nations commenced:

And the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days.   And they shall go forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have commanded them (Doctrine and Covenants 1:4, 5).

And the arm of the Lord shall be revealed; and the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off from among the people;  For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant;  They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall (vs 14-16).

For I am no respecter of persons, and will that all men shall know that the day speedily cometh; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand, when peace shall be taken from the earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion.  And also the Lord shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst, and shall come down in judgment upon Idumea, or the world (vs 35, 36).

Signs of the Times Found in the Bible

  1. There will be many false Christs that would lead away many. (Also see Revelation 13:13-14; Joseph Smith 1:22.)
  2. False prophets will also arise, the (original) apostles would be killed, and a general apostasy would occur.
  3. Worldly knowledge will increase (Daniel 12:4).
  4. The gospel of Christ in its fulness will be restored (Isaiah 2; 4; 5; 10; 11; 13; 18; 24; 29; 33; 34; 35; 51; 52; 54; 60; 63; 64; 65; 66; Revelation 14:6-8; Doctrine and Covenants 133:36-41).
  5. The Church and God’s kingdom will be reestablished (Daniel 2:31-45; Doctrine and Covenants 20; 128:20).
  6. The kingdom will roll forth and grow (Daniel 2:44; Moses 7:60-66; Doctrine and Covenants 65; Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14).
  7. Two opposing kingdoms, the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of Satan, will exist in the last days. The kingdom of Satan utters great blasphemies against Christ. An anti-Christ will hold great power, upheld by the “Beast,” for three and a half years (Revelation 15, 16). There will be a separation of the righteous and the wicked (see Alma 10:23).
  8. The kingdom of Satan and the anti-Christ will establish a world monetary system (Revelation 14, 15).
  9. Elijah will return (Malachi 3:1-6; Doctrine and Covenants 110).
  10. The spirit of Elijah will fill the earth, turning the hearts of the children to their fathers (family history and genealogy work).
  11. Iniquity will abound, causing the love of men to wax cold.
  12. The Jews will be scattered among all nations; they will again be gathered prior to the Second Coming (Acts 1:6-11; Doctrine and Covenants 110:11; Doctrine and Covenants 133:13).
  13. The Ten Lost Tribes will return (Esdras 13:40-47). They will bring scriptures to add the canon of scripture (Doctrine and Covenants 133:26-34).
  14. There will be “wars and rumors of wars.”
  15. The war of Armageddon will rage for three and a half years (Zechariah 12; 13; 14; Ezekiel 38; 39; Revelation 9; Doctrine and Covenants 29:14-21).
  16. Two prophets will prophesy in Jerusalem and protect the city for three and a half years, until they themselves are killed (Doctrine and Covenants 77:15; Revelation 11).
  17. Jerusalem would be overcome, leading to the “abomination of desolation.”
  18. A tremendous earthquake will change the face of the earth; the Mt. of Olives will cleave, the surviving Jews will escape through the cleft, and Christ will descend to save them from the destroying armies (Ezekiel 38; Zechariah 14:4, 5; Revelation 6:12-17).
  19. Christ will destroy Israel’s enemies (Zechariah 14:12, 13).
  20. The Jews will recognize Christ and mourn (Zechariah 14:2-6; Doctrine and Covenants 45:48-53).
  21. Jerusalem will become a glorious and holy city (2 Nephi 14:2-6, Isaiah).
  22. A river of water will flow east and west from the Jerusalem temple mount, healing the Dead Sea.
  23. 144,000 missionaries, 12,000 from each tribe of Israel, will be called, protected (sealed in their foreheads) and sent forth to attempt one last gathering of the pure of heart (Revelation 7:2-8; 14:1-5; Doctrine and Covenants 77:11).
  24. There will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes.
  25. The waves of the sea will roar (Luke 21); the seas shall heave beyond their bounds (Doctrine and Covenants 88:90).
  26. First a portion of sea life dies, then all life in the sea dies (Revelation 16:1).
  27. There will be a plague of hail (Revelation 11:19; 16:21).
  28. There will be a day, a night without darkness, and a day (Zechariah 14:6, 7).
  29. There will be signs on earth and in the heavens (Doctrine and Covenants 45:39-42; Joel 2:30-31).
  30. The sun will darken, the moon turn to blood, the stars fall (Doctrine and Covenants 29:14; Acts 2:20; Joseph Smith-Matthew 1:33).
  31. Voices will be heard from heaven (Revelation 11:15; Doctrine and Covenants 45:48, 49; Doctrine and Covenants 88:92-94). The trump of God will announce the Second Coming. All men will witness it together.
  32. Babylon, the “great and abominable church” will fall (1 Nephi 13:5; Doctrine and Covenants 88:94; 29:21; Ezekiel 38; 39; Revelation 17; 18).
  33. The wicked will be burned as stubble (Malachi 4; Doctrine and Covenants 29:9-10; 63:34, 54; 101:23-31; 133:63-640).
  34. The earth will be cleansed by fire and the wicked consumed (Revelation 18:17, 18, 23, 24).
  35. The sun will be darkened, the moon will not give light, the stars shall fall, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
  36. The sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven.
  37. The heavens will open and the Son of Man will appear.  All shall see Him together.
  38. A resurrection of the just will occur. The righteous who are living will be caught up to meet Christ in the clouds (Doctrine and Covenants 88:95-98; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

Signs of the Times Predicted in Mormon Scripture

  1. America will be discovered and settled by Europeans (Ether 2:7-12; 1 Nephi 13:1-19).
  2. The American nation will be established with inspired leaders and an inspired constitution (2 Nephi 10:9-19; 3 Nephi 21:4; Doctrine and Covenants 98:4-10; 134; 101:76-80).
  3. Additional scripture will come forth, including the Book of Mormon, or “stick of Joseph,” to join the Bible, or “stick of Judah” (Isaiah 29; Ezekiel 37; 2 Nephi 3:12; 2 Nephi 27, 29; 3 Nephi 21; Mormon 8).
  4. There will be opposition to the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 29).
  5. There will be a restoration of priesthood authority and keys (Doctrine and Covenants 13; 27; 128).
  6. The Saints will be persecuted (Doctrine and Covenants 45:18-32).
  7. The spirit (of Christ) will be poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28-32; Joseph Smith 2:41).
  8. The gospel will be preached to every nation, tongue and kindred (Joseph Smith 1:31; Doctrine and Covenants 133:37).
  9. There will be many false churches (Mormon 8:26-41).
  10. The Lamanites will blossom as the rose (Doctrine and Covenants 49:24-25).
  11. The Jews will begin to believe in Christ (2 Nephi 30:7).
  12. Temples will be built all over the world and the temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt (Isaiah 2:1-5; Micah 4:1-7; Ezekiel 37; Doctrine and Covenants 133:13; 124:25-42).
  13. Zion, the New Jerusalem, will be established on the American continent and will be a place of refuge for the righteous (Articles of Faith, 10).
  14. Wars will rage worldwide. There will be wars on the American continent (Doctrinal History of the Church, 3:391; Doctrine and Covenants 45:66-71; 63:33; 97:22-24).
  15. Mormon missionaries will be called home.
  16. The Ten Lost Tribes will return (Esdras 13:40-47). They will bring scriptures to add the canon of scripture (Doctrine and Covenants 133:26-34).
  17. The times of the Gentiles (wherein the Gentiles have precedence in receiving the gospel) will be fulfilled (1 Nephi 13:42; Luke 21:24; Doctrine and Covenants 45:24-30; Inspired Version:Luke 21:24-32).
  18. There will be a great council at Adam-ondi-Ahman whereat all the prophets will turn their keys of administration over to Christ (Doctrine and Covenants 27:4-14; 116).
  19. Disasters and calamities will abound (Doctrine and Covenants 61:4-5, 14-15) and strikes, anarchy, and violence will increase (Doctrine and Covenants 45:26).
  20. Iniquity (wickedness) will abound (Joseph Smith 1:30).
  21. The Lord will cease to strive with the wicked and will withdraw from them (Doctrine and Covenants 63:32; 1:33).
  22. Peace will be taken from the earth (Doctrine and Covenants 1:35).
  23. Destroying angels will be released (Doctrine and Covenants 38:12).
  24. There will be an “overflowing scourge” to afflict men (Doctrine and Covenants 45:31).
  25. The Lord will come “suddenly to His temple” (Malachi 3:1; Doctrine and Covenants 110:1-10).
  26. The continents will become connected again—”He shall command the great deep, and it shall be driven back into the north countries, and the islands shall become one land; And the land of Jerusalem and the land of Zion shall be turned back into their own place, and the earth shall be like it was in the days before it was divided” (Doctrine and Covenants 133:21-24).
  27. Absence of rainbows the year of Christ’s coming (Teachings of Joseph Smith, p. 340).
  28. Men’s hearts shall fail them.

Other prophecies are found in Mormon scripture.  Many in the Book of Mormon pertain to the establishment of America on the land where the book was written.  Many prophecies of Joseph Smith have to do with the going forth of the restored gospel.  The Lord revealed to him:

“The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.” (D&C 65:2.)

 

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Gale is a former fibro and CMP sufferer. She hopes this information will help other sufferers on their journey to good health.

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